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The doctrine of nullification. This doctrine recently been expressed in a different form as the principle of "state sovereignty", which uses the 9th and 10th Amendments to justify laws prohibiting Federal activities. The counter-argument is that the commerce clause of the Constitution allows Congress to regulate interstate commerce, and under that basis can institute programs nominally under state jurisdiction (e.g. national health care).

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